You have an incoming call from an area code you don’t recognize. When you don’t pick up the phone, you receive a voice mail message asking you to call back to claim a winning prize or to hear important information about someone you know. The common element is you’re told to call a certain number back right away.
A scam? Of course it is.
To protect yourself, do not return a call to an area code you don’t know. You can always check the location of unfamiliar area codes by going to the NANPA (North American Numbering Plan Administration) website or by conducting a simple Google search of the suspect area code and viewing the top result.
Be safe. Always know who – and to where – you’re calling.